UDC ministry currently holds weekly gatherings in the Los Angeles area as well as monthly gatherings in the San Gabriel Valley.
For the Los Angeles group, you can see regular updates on event postings here.
Following are examples of some of the larger recent past events:
PEACE SUNDAY FESTIVAL 2014
The annual Peace Sunday, this year being called “Peace Sunday Festival”, wass scheduled for September 21st, just four weeks from today. It will be held at the IMAN Cultural Center, 3376 Motor Ave., Los Angeles 90034. This year’s theme will be “Every human being has a right to peace”. Please note that the United Nations International Day of Peace is on Sunday this year, and it is the same day as our Peace Sunday Festival.
Peace Sunday Festival 2014 is convened by the Unity-and-Diversity World Council, and there were twenty sponsoring organizations. Sponsors were responsible to help plan the event, and this year’s Steering Committee was a most outstanding one. We also have co-sponsors, who help publicize the event. So far there are about twenty-five co-sponsors, and that number will considerably increase between now and the event.
Now is a most unstable and violent time in the world, which gives every reason for having a Peace Sunday Festival. This year’s event will not only present an outstanding program, but several new features will be part of it. First of all, we will have several different youth activities: a schools project focused on “What is Peace?”, which includes essays, poetry, and artwork, led by Diane Burton and Ron Klemp. There will be 20’x20’ booth with youth activities, led by Barbara Tebyani. Gayle Gale will have a booth to develop her “Kids for Peace”. Diane Tillman of the Brahma Kumaris will have a session during the afternoon program for youth focused on “Living Values”.
The trailer of “Beyond Right and Wrong” was shown, which is a popular film helping to reconcile victims and perpetrators from acts of violence. Conflicts in various parts of the world could learn much about how to reconcile their difficulties from the teachings in this film.
Peace Sunday will likewise focus on action following up on this event. Three areas of action are being included: (1) Preparing for the 2015 Peace Sunday Festival celebrating the 70th anniversary of the United Nations and the 50th anniversary of Unity-and-Diversity World Council. (2) Beginning a second year of the Culture of Peace Series. (3) Forming an ongoing body of organizations and individuals similar to the Security Council of the United Nations, which will take action on specific areas of need as are within our possibility of making a positive difference in our communities and/or the world.
There will be tables and booths in the IMAN Center parking lot throughout the day by various participating organizations. An interfaith service will be held from 10 a.m. till noon, ending with participation in a worldwide one-minute meditation. After lunch the program will be held from 2-5 p.m. It will feature spiritually and politically involved Marianne Williamson as a keynote speaker, songs from the International Peace Choir, musician Yuval Ron and fellow musicians, singer/songwriter Stephen L. Fiske, and the World Peace Prayer and Flag Ceremony. A second keynote speaker and a surprise element are being planned.
On Saturday, September 20th, 6-9 p.m., there will be a Recognition Celebration concluding the first Peace Convergence and the monthly Culture of Peace Series. Honored will be the sector facilitators from the Convergence, the presenters from the Culture of Peace Series, and the people who attended the majority of the monthly Series.
The evening will begin with a potluck supper at 6 p.m. in the small auditorium at the IMAN Center.
About two weeks after the Peace Sunday Festival the special meeting will be held to begin the ongoing body of organizations and individuals who choose to form a “Security Council” to take cooperative actions as needed during the coming year.